On to this weeks project….I have to say, I’m super excited about this little up-cycle because I’m one step closer to finishing the master bedroom and this incorporates my favorite colors of coral and navy.
I had it in my old master bath until we moved to the new house where it sits in my bedroom and I use it every morning.
First off, I painted the chair coral. Since I couldn’t decide on which coral to use, I had Home Depot make up two sample pots for $5 each. Score.
I went with “Flamingo”. The other choice was “Bridesmaid” which was just a shade too pink. Two coats later and I had a coral chair. The paint is just drying here but I couldn’t wait.
But I also needed a seat cushion. Cuz I’m old. And lazy. And such.
Having no idea how to go about making a cushion for a cushion-less chair, I just sort of re-invented the wheel as I went along. Here’s the little tutorial of how I faked a cushion seat….
I started by tracing the seat shape onto some old packing paper that is just sitting in the garage.
That’s right. I traced it with a crayon. Since I couldn’t find a pencil or anything.
Then I traced that shape onto a piece of a packing box….
And cut it out.
Then I traced the same shape onto some foam and cut it out with my super handy exacto knife. (Are they still called that?)
I used some spray adhesive to attach the foam to the cardboard. Fancy, I know.
And then I got busy with the staple gun.
Somewhere around this point, y’all might notice that this is not the fabric that wound up on the seat cushion. Ummmm, yah, about that. So, I thought I was being all thrifty at Joanne Fabric’s when I asked for half a yard. Ummmmm, no. I forgot to measure. It didn’t fit.
It sort of fitted. But even I know that this wasn’t going to hold up for more than a day or two the way I throw myself into a chair. Well, s**t!!!!
I dashed over to Len’s (fabric store in Canada that is supposed to be cheap) and spent a ridiculous $16.99 a meter (metre?) for one meter. (Because I live in freakin’ Canada where everything costs a damn fortune!) Ugh! I wish I had bought this in the first place when I saw it at Joanne’s for $7.99 a yard. But nooooo, I was being thrifty and bought the dot fabric for $3.00. Grrrr….
While we’re on the subject of dumb things I do….you should not staple your fabric to cardboard on the counter…..this is the end result. Note the staple marks in the counter top. Double grrr….. I’m told they’re hardly noticeable.
Moving on….I then stapled the new chevron fabric to the chair cushion template….
And we have a chair up-cycle!
Not the best corners I’ve ever done but they’ll do.
There you have it….a free (except for the fortune I spent in fabric) chair up-cycle. I still wake up every morning and sigh when I see how pretty this little chair is….That, my friends, is priceless.